Maldivian Network to Empower Women (MNEW) began its journey in 2007 for the advancement of women initially, under the name of Maldivian Network on Violence Against Women (MNVAW) as an informal network. However, in 2012 with the progression of our work, this network was formerly registered in 2012 as Maldivian Network on Women's Rights (MNWR).
This Network was established originally on 10th July 2007, in response to the findings of the Charter on Violence Against Women Post-Tsunami 2006. The SAARC Countries formulated the Charter on VAW during a meeting held in Sri Lanka, which identified that violence against women had increased after the Tsunami. Consequent discussions amongst all member countries led to the formation of the National Networks to work together for the development of women at a regional level.
On 9th June 2015, the Network adopted a new identity under the name of Maldivian Network to Empower Women (MNEW). With the new identity, this Network has accelerated its efforts with new energy and new vision to create a platform for women to attain empowerment in all spheres of their life.
To empower women to fully participate confidently in political, economic and social development in the Maldives
To develop women to their full potential, build their confidence and create a sustainable, conducive platform for women to participate holistically with confidence and competence alongside men in all spheres of national development of Maldives.
To build self-confidence of women
To allow women to reclaim a sense of belonging.
To encourage women to stop silent suffering.
To advocate and educate women on their rights, issues and responsibilities.
To teach women to work alongside men confidently and competitively.
To widen and increase skills and competence of women.
To teach importance of team work and how to operate within a team environment.
To encourage and teach women to attain Economic Empowerment.
To create sustainable avenues for women's economic empowerment.
To encourage women to participate in decision making.
To increase women's political participation at all levels.
Hulhumale' Association for Women's Improvement. (HAWI),
Society for Women Against Drugs (SWAD).
The original individual participants are still part of the executive team and remain as Board important members.
Chairperson - Dr Mariyam Shakeela
Vice Chairperson - Fathimath Afiya
Director, Advocacy & Policy - Mohamed Shujau
Director, Programs & Projects - Fathimath Afiya
Director, Admin & Finance - Aishath Mohamed
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